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Corinne Rocca, PhD, MPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1330 Broadway St
Oakland CA 94612
Phone415-476-6973
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    Corinne H. Rocca, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist who combines approaches from social epidemiology with those of demographers and clinicians interested in understanding sexual behavior, contraceptive use and unintended pregnancy. Broadly, her research examines how structural factors, such as access to reproductive health care and cultural norms, affect risk of unintended pregnancy among high-risk populations in the US and South Asia. In particular, her research has focused on expanding our understanding of pregnancy intentions, including what influences adolescents’ and women’s attitudes towards pregnancy and how intentions translate into behavior. She uses quantitative psychometric techniques, including item response theory, to improve the measurement of pregnancy intention, childbearing attitudes, as well as other latent variables important to understanding pregnancy risk.

    Dr. Rocca joined Bixby in 2001 to direct a randomized trial evaluating pharmacy access to emergency contraception; data were provided to the FDA to inform their decision on over-the-counter access to emergency contraception. Collaborating on an NIH study in Bangalore, India, she co-authored scientific articles investigating contraception and the association of women’s social and economic resources with domestic violence. She recently completed research investigating unsafe abortion in Nepal and found a need to innovate care in medication abortion for women in remote areas. She is launching a new trial in Nepal evaluating access to medication abortion through pharmacies. Finally, working on the Turnaway Study, she is evaluating women’s long-term emotional responses after having an abortion or an unwanted birth in the US.

    Dr. Rocca received her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley; an MPH in Population and Family Health from Columbia University; and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University.

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    1. Abortion Policies in U.S. Teaching Hospitals: Formal and Informal Parameters Beyond the Law. Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Jun; 135(6):1296-1305. Zeldovich VB, Rocca CH, Langton C, Landy U, Ly ES, Freedman LR. PMID: 32459421.
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    2. Comparing Prospective and Retrospective Reports of Pregnancy Intention in a Longitudinal Cohort of U.S. Women. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2020 03; 52(1):39-48. Ralph LJ, Foster DG, Rocca CH. PMID: 32189427.
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    3. Emotions and decision rightness over five years following an abortion: An examination of decision difficulty and abortion stigma. Soc Sci Med. 2020 Mar; 248:112704. Rocca CH, Samari G, Foster DG, Gould H, Kimport K. PMID: 31941577.
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    4. One Key Question® and the Desire to Avoid Pregnancy Scale: A comparison of two approaches to asking about pregnancy preferences. Contraception. 2020 Apr; 101(4):231-236. Stulberg DB, Datta A, White VanGompel E, Schueler K, Rocca CH. PMID: 31935384.
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    5. Pregnancy preferences and contraceptive use among US women. Contraception. 2020 Feb; 101(2):79-85. Samari G, Foster DG, Ralph LJ, Rocca CH. PMID: 31805265.
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    6. Stability of Retrospective Pregnancy Intention Reporting Among Women with Unwanted Pregnancies in the United States. Matern Child Health J. 2019 Nov; 23(11):1547-1555. Rocca CH, Wilson MR, Jeon M, Foster DG. PMID: 31236825.
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    7. Psychometric Evaluation of an Instrument to Measure Prospective Pregnancy Preferences: The Desire to Avoid Pregnancy Scale. Med Care. 2019 02; 57(2):152-158. Rocca CH, Ralph LJ, Wilson M, Gould H, Foster DG. PMID: 30550399.
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    8. Comparison of Health, Development, Maternal Bonding, and Poverty Among Children Born After Denial of Abortion vs After Pregnancies Subsequent to an Abortion. JAMA Pediatr. 2018 11 01; 172(11):1053-1060. Foster DG, Biggs MA, Raifman S, Gipson J, Kimport K, Rocca CH. PMID: 30193363.
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    9. Effects of Carrying an Unwanted Pregnancy to Term on Women's Existing Children. J Pediatr. 2019 02; 205:183-189.e1. Foster DG, Raifman SE, Gipson JD, Rocca CH, Biggs MA. PMID: 30389101.
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    10. Intended pregnancy after receiving vs. being denied a wanted abortion. Contraception. 2019 01; 99(1):42-47. Upadhyay UD, Aztlan-James EA, Rocca CH, Foster DG. PMID: 30244161.
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    11. Pharmacy Provision of Medication Abortion in Nepal: Pharmacy Owner and Worker Perspectives. Int Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2018 09 01; 44(3):81-89. Samari G, Puri M, Cohen R, Blum M, Rocca CH. PMID: 30698524.
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    12. Pharmacy access to medical abortion from trained providers and post-abortion contraception in Nepal. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2018 Nov; 143(2):211-216. Puri MC, Harper CC, Maharjan D, Blum M, Rocca CH. PMID: 29992555.
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    13. Gestational dating using last menstrual period and bimanual exam for medication abortion in pharmacies and health centers in Nepal. Contraception. 2018 10; 98(4):296-300. Averbach S, Puri M, Blum M, Rocca C. PMID: 29936150.
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    14. The intrauterine device as emergency contraception: how much do young women know? Contraception. 2018 Apr 18. Goodman SR, El Ayadi AM, Rocca CH, Kohn JE, Benedict CE, Dieseldorff JR, Harper CC. PMID: 29679591.
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    15. Training contraceptive providers to offer intrauterine devices and implants in contraceptive care: a cluster randomized trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 06; 218(6):597.e1-597.e7. Thompson KMJ, Rocca CH, Stern L, Morfesis J, Goodman S, Steinauer J, Harper CC. PMID: 29577915.
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    16. Effectiveness and safety of early medication abortion provided in pharmacies by auxiliary nurse-midwives: A non-inferiority study in Nepal. PLoS One. 2018; 13(1):e0191174. Rocca CH, Puri M, Shrestha P, Blum M, Maharjan D, Grossman D, Regmi K, Darney PD, Harper CC. PMID: 29351313.
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    17. Contraceptive Use over Five Years After Receipt Or Denial of Abortion Services. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2018 03; 50(1):7-14. Moseson H, Foster DG, Upadhyay UD, Vittinghoff E, Rocca CH. PMID: 29329494.
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    18. Contraception after medication abortion in the United States: results from a cluster randomized trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 01; 218(1):107.e1-107.e8. Rocca CH, Goodman S, Grossman D, Cadwallader K, Thompson KMJ, Talmont E, Speidel JJ, Harper CC. PMID: 28986072.
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    19. The impact of an IUD and implant intervention on dual method use among young women: Results from a cluster randomized trial. Prev Med. 2017 01; 94:1-6. El Ayadi AM, Rocca CH, Kohn JE, Velazquez D, Blum M, Newmann SJ, Harper CC. PMID: 27773708.
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    20. Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Counseling and Use for Older Adolescents and Nulliparous Women. J Adolesc Health. 2016 12; 59(6):703-709. Gibbs SE, Rocca CH, Bednarek P, Thompson KMJ, Darney PD, Harper CC. PMID: 27665153.
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    21. Does Integrating Family Planning into HIV Services Improve Gender Equitable Attitudes? Results from a Cluster Randomized Trial in Nyanza, Kenya. AIDS Behav. 2016 09; 20(9):1883-92. Newmann SJ, Rocca CH, Zakaras JM, Onono M, Bukusi EA, Grossman D, Cohen CR. PMID: 26837632.
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    22. Public Funding for Contraception, Provider Training, and Use of Highly Effective Contraceptives: A Cluster Randomized Trial. Am J Public Health. 2016 Mar; 106(3):541-6. Thompson KM, Rocca CH, Kohn JE, Goodman S, Stern L, Blum M, Speidel JJ, Darney PD, Harper CC. PMID: 26794168.
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    23. Funding policies and postabortion long-acting reversible contraception: results from a cluster randomized trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jun; 214(6):716.e1-8. Rocca CH, Thompson KM, Goodman S, Westhoff CL, Harper CC. PMID: 26692178.
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    24. Service provider perspectives on post-abortion contraception in Nepal. Cult Health Sex. 2016; 18(2):223-35. Wang LF, Puri M, Rocca CH, Blum M, Henderson JT. PMID: 26372441.
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    25. Decision Rightness and Emotional Responses to Abortion in the United States: A Longitudinal Study. PLoS One. 2015; 10(7):e0128832. Rocca CH, Kimport K, Roberts SC, Gould H, Neuhaus J, Foster DG. PMID: 26154386.
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    26. Reductions in pregnancy rates in the USA with long-acting reversible contraception: a cluster randomised trial. Lancet. 2015 Aug 08; 386(9993):562-8. Harper CC, Rocca CH, Thompson KM, Morfesis J, Goodman S, Darney PD, Westhoff CL, Speidel JJ. PMID: 26091743.
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    27. Development of a brief questionnaire to assess contraceptive intent. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Nov; 98(11):1425-30. Raine-Bennett TR, Rocca CH. PMID: 26104994.
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    28. Contraceptive discontinuation and pregnancy postabortion in Nepal: a longitudinal cohort study. Contraception. 2015 Apr; 91(4):301-7. Puri M, Henderson JT, Harper CC, Blum M, Joshi D, Rocca CH. PMID: 25553872.
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    29. Risk of violence from the man involved in the pregnancy after receiving or being denied an abortion. BMC Med. 2014 Sep 29; 12:144. Roberts SC, Biggs MA, Chibber KS, Gould H, Rocca CH, Foster DG. PMID: 25262880.
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    30. Perceived stress and emotional social support among women who are denied or receive abortions in the United States: a prospective cohort study. BMC Womens Health. 2014 Jun 19; 14:76. Harris LF, Roberts SC, Biggs MA, Rocca CH, Foster DG. PMID: 24946971.
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    31. Postabortion contraception a decade after legalization of abortion in Nepal. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2014 Aug; 126(2):170-4. Rocca CH, Puri M, Harper CC, Blum M, Dulal B, Henderson JT. PMID: 24825497.
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    32. Exploring young adults' contraceptive knowledge and attitudes: disparities by race/ethnicity and age. Womens Health Issues. 2014 May-Jun; 24(3):e281-9. Craig AD, Dehlendorf C, Borrero S, Harper CC, Rocca CH. PMID: 24725755.
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    33. Availability and characteristics of abortion training in US ob-gyn residency programs: a national survey. Contraception. 2014 Apr; 89(4):271-7. Turk JK, Preskill F, Landy U, Rocca CH, Steinauer JE. PMID: 24461206.
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    34. Regarding "identifying women at risk of unintended pregnancy: a comparison of two pregnancy readiness measures": measuring pregnancy intention. Ann Epidemiol. 2014 Jan; 24(1):78-9. Barrett G, Morroni C, Stephenson J, Hall J, Morof D, Rocca CH. PMID: 24263000.
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    35. Receiving versus being denied an abortion and subsequent drug use. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Jan 01; 134:63-70. Roberts SCM, Rocca CH, Foster DG. PMID: 24183616.
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    36. Women's emotions one week after receiving or being denied an abortion in the United States. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2013 Sep; 45(3):122-31. Rocca CH, Kimport K, Gould H, Foster DG. PMID: 24020773.
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    37. The authors reply. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2013 Jun; 45(2):113-4. Rocca CH, Harper CC, Raine-Bennett TR. PMID: 23901444.
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    38. Racial and ethnic differences in men's knowledge and attitudes about contraception. Contraception. 2013 Oct; 88(4):532-8. Borrero S, Farkas A, Dehlendorf C, Rocca CH. PMID: 23697702.
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    39. Pregnancy: not a disease but still a health risk. Contraception. 2013 Oct; 88(4):481-4. Speidel JJ, Rocca CH, Thompson KM, Harper CC. PMID: 23663918.
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    40. Unsafe abortion after legalisation in Nepal: a cross-sectional study of women presenting to hospitals. BJOG. 2013 Aug; 120(9):1075-83. Rocca CH, Puri M, Dulal B, Bajracharya L, Harper CC, Blum M, Henderson JT. PMID: 23574112.
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    41. Young women's perceptions of the benefits of childbearing: associations with contraceptive use and pregnancy. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2013 Mar; 45(1):23-32. Rocca CH, Harper CC, Raine-Bennett TR. PMID: 23489854.
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    42. Acceptability and use of emergency contraception among married women in Bangalore, India. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Apr; 121(1):64-8. Rocca CH, Shankar M, Sreevathsa A, Krishnan S. PMID: 23312589.
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    43. Do racial and ethnic differences in contraceptive attitudes and knowledge explain disparities in method use? Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2012 Sep; 44(3):150-8. Rocca CH, Harper CC. PMID: 22958659.
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    44. Predictive ability and stability of adolescents' pregnancy intentions in a predominantly Latino community. Stud Fam Plann. 2010 Sep; 41(3):179-92. Rocca CH, Hubbard AE, Johnson-Hanks J, Padian NS, Minnis AM. PMID: 21469271.
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    45. Pregnancy intentions and teenage pregnancy among Latinas: a mediation analysis. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2010 Sep; 42(3):186-96. Rocca CH, Doherty I, Padian NS, Hubbard AE, Minnis AM. PMID: 20887287.
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    46. Valid and precise measurement. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2010 Sep; 42(3):220-1; author reply 221. Barrett G, Morof D, Rocca CH. PMID: 20887297.
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    47. Measuring pregnancy planning: An assessment of the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy among urban, south Indian women. Demogr Res. 2010 Aug 06; 23:293-334. Rocca CH, Krishnan S, Barrett G, Wilson M. PMID: 21170147.
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    48. Do changes in spousal employment status lead to domestic violence? Insights from a prospective study in Bangalore, India. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jan; 70(1):136-43. Krishnan S, Rocca CH, Hubbard AE, Subbiah K, Edmeades J, Padian NS. PMID: 19828220.
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    49. Challenging assumptions about women's empowerment: social and economic resources and domestic violence among young married women in urban South India. Int J Epidemiol. 2009 Apr; 38(2):577-85. Rocca CH, Rathod S, Falle T, Pande RP, Krishnan S. PMID: 18952621.
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    50. Beyond access: acceptability, use and nonuse of emergency contraception among young women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jan; 196(1):29.e1-6; discussion 90.e1-5. Rocca CH, Schwarz EB, Stewart FH, Darney PD, Raine TR, Harper CC. PMID: 17240221.
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    51. The effect of increased access to emergency contraception among young adolescents. Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Sep; 106(3):483-91. Harper CC, Cheong M, Rocca CH, Darney PD, Raine TR. PMID: 16135577.
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    52. Direct access to emergency contraception through pharmacies and effect on unintended pregnancy and STIs: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2005 Jan 05; 293(1):54-62. Raine TR, Harper CC, Rocca CH, Fischer R, Padian N, Klausner JD, Darney PD. PMID: 15632336.
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    53. Tolerability of levonorgestrel emergency contraception in adolescents. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Oct; 191(4):1158-63. Harper CC, Rocca CH, Darney PD, von Hertzen H, Raine TR. PMID: 15507936.
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    54. The other half of the equation: Serving young men in a young women's reproductive health clinic. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2003 Sep-Oct; 35(5):208-14. Raine T, Marcell AV, Rocca CH, Harper CC. PMID: 14668023.
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